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American Fork,UT,

Member Since:

Nov 27, 2009



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

St George Marathon

2011 - 4:11:52 

2017. -4:01:17

Salt Lake City Full Marathon

2013 -  4:23:03 

Ogden Marathon

2012 - 3:58:35

2013 - 4:17:20

2014 - 4:02:51

2017 - 3:55:22**

Utah Valley Marathon

2019 - 4:05:37 

Top of Utah Marathon

2014 - 4:09:27

Mt Charleston Marathon

2019 - 4:05:33

West Mountain Marathon

2015 - 4:42:34


St George Half Marathon

2012 - 1:55:00

2013 - 2:03:00

2014 - 1:46:00

2015 - 1:48:00

Salt Lake City Half Marathon

2012 - 1:51:00

2014 - 1:44:01

Hobble Creek Half Marathon

2001 - 1:40:00**

2011 - 1:45:00

2012 - 1:43:00

2013 - 1:43:00 

American Fork Half Marathon

2013 - 1:48:24

2014- 1:53:23 (pacing Tim)

2017  - 1:47:54

2018 - 1:48:12

2019 - 1:47:50

Timp Half Marathon

2012 - 1:47:18 

Utah Valley Half Marathon 

2011 - 1:55:00 

Top of Utah Half Marathon

2010 - 1:48:20 

The Haunted Half Provo

2018 - 1:51:28


Goblin Valley 50K

2014 - 5:58

Red Mountain 55K

2018 - 7:31:37

Antelope Island Fall Classic 50K

2017 - 6:14:23

Antelope Island 50 Mile

2015 - 10:10:00

Antelope Island 100 Mile

2018 - 26:53



**Personal Best 



Short-Term Running Goals:



Long-Term Running Goals:

To qualify for Boston


Married for 22 years. I have 17 year old triplets and a 14 year old. I love to sew, garden, and run!

Favorite Running Quotes: 


"Sooner or later the serious runner goes through a special, very personal experience that is unknown to most people.

Some call it euphoria. Others say it's a new kind of mystical experience that propels you into a elevated state of consciousness, a flash of joy.

A sense of floating as you run. This experience is unique to each of us, but when it happens, you break through a barrier that separates you from casual runners. Forever. And from that point on, there is no finish line. You run for your life. You begin to be addicted to what running gives you."  

~Nike Poster

2.           A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


You’ve no doubt heard this.  And you’ve probably recited it in your mind on a run or at the gym when you’re just beginning to get in shape.  You have a goal in sight and this quote brings you back to the current moment.


But the problem is that many runners forget all of the steps between the first one and the goal.  If your goal is to run under two hours for the half marathon then you need to be honest about all of the little steps to get to that goal.


…and what I’d rather see you do is to get the goal out of mind completely, but rather focus on the process, not the outcome. -Jay Johnson Process orientation, not outcome orientation.


You should have goals, but you should take it one step at a time.  And you should be honest about the fact that you don’t know how many steps it will take to get there. ~ Vernon Gambetta


3.  Human beings are made up of flesh, blood and a miracle fiber called COURAGE! ~ George Patton 


4.   Find the courage to be patient.

Favorite Blogs:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 6.00 Month: 125.00 Year: 1166.91
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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TT: 1:06:00

AP: 9:43

10:10, 9:44, 9:31, 9:40, 9:31, 9:25, 9:19

Murdock Canal and 2 laps barefoot around the baseball field. On track today with my 2 weeks of slow running. Nice and cool this morning.


10 ball squats

10 ball lunges

10 side to side lunges

10/side Bosu push ups

15 supermans on Bosu


A few yoga poses and PT for ankle. Then into to the ice sink for both feet.

PM: ART done on foot and ankle. More PT exercises, ice and Epsom salts

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Ankle was having a really hard time last night. It is swollen again. I've been so good with increasing my mileage slowly and strength training. I thought was doing it right, so....... What am I doing wrong? Why am I getting injured?


10 ball squats-upped the weight

Walking lunges

10 side to side lunges

10 bicep curl

10 overhead press

10 butterflies

60 plank

PT exercises and a quick stretch.

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4.5 miles with the lamp post ladies around the temple and 300n. Lots of rain. I ended up taking off my rain jacket because I got too hot.

TT: 36:58

AP: 8:22

8:39, 8:13, 8:21, 8:06, 4:00

Lots of puddles this morning and my feet were soaked within a few yards of the run! Ankle felt alright. I wore my old-school ankle brace yesterday and I think it helped. ART done this morning.

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6 easy miles on the home TM.  It's been awhile since I've run that far at home...running outside is so much better.

Quick stretch

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Murdock Canal

TT:  1:04:00

AP:  9:17

9:59, 9:36, 9:11, 9:28, 9:17, 8:53, 8:03

The thunder storm woke me up sometime last night.  Then I had dreams that I had to run in the rain.  Easy miles on the canal alone.  It was very humid.  I had my ankle scrapped yesterday and it was a bit creaky the first few miles.  But after awhile, it warmed up and felt fine.



50 crunches

20 push ups

Stretch and foam roll.


The lamp post ladies and a SIL are running Big Cottonwood tomorrow and I've got my signs ready.I'm actually super excited to go and watch/cheer.  I'm just really glad I don't have to run it :)

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Canal route with a short add-on

TT: 1:25:00

AP: 9:32

10:17, 9:49, 9:41, 9:28, 9:34, 9:29, 9:04, 9:08, 9:18 - still taking it slow.

As I was running this morning, I was thinking about my girls who were starting the Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon.  I had pre-race jitters and I wasn't even racing!!  I was just hoping they would do their best!!

I saw them at mile 17, mile 23 and at the finish.  I LOVE being a race spectator.  I had my signs and hopefully knew the right things to say.  I got a lot of thumbs up and smiles along the way.  They both had PR's, BQ's and a great races.  Love their guts!  

Now I'm the odd man out.  I'm still a long ways from a BQ and have a long road ahead of me.  

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